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Another domestic violence resource for victims, will this resource actually work?

Posted Oct 02 2009 3:07pm

The American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence just announced the first National Domestic Violence Pro Bono Directory for victims of domestic violence. As I scrolled down the main page, I recognized some of the places that have turned me away due to my location in NY or other reasons, like a waiting list. The reason I am posting this resource is for victims that want to try and use this website to find a pro bono lawyer for their DV case. Good Luck. I challenge any DV victim in need of a free lawyer to use this website and try to locate one, then tell me if you actually get one. I am very skeptical, but not hopeless, and if you are able to benefit from yet another resource, please post your success onto my site. Currently, I am trying to get a pro bono attorney in NYS through Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, no luck after almost 2 months of searching. I think they have actually forgotten about me. In any case, I look forward to hearing from those of you who get the assistance from these resources that claim to assist victims of abuse.

About the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence

Founded in 1994, the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence is the only national organization that focuses exclusively on improving the legal response to domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The mission of the Commission is to increase access to justice for victims of domestic violence by mobilizing the legal profession. Recent studies have confirmed that access to legal representation is one of the most effective resources for victims of domestic violence to escape violent situations. The Commission addresses the acute need to increase the number of well-trained and supported attorneys providing representation to victims of domestic violence by providing on-going in-person, web-based, and telephonic training opportunities for attorneys, law students, and other legal advocates.

Additional information is available at: www.abanet.org/domviol.
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